Marilu Swett: "Drift"

My cousin came to my artist talk at the gallery and, in seeing the work, began reminiscing about our grandfathers who had been mariners, in Canada, and one a marine engineer on the docks in East Boston. Someone asked me about my installation, Untitled (Drift) and suddenly I remembered a photo of my Dad, a newspaper reporter in Boston, wearing a diving suit with a copper helmet and lead weighted shoes, readying to descend into Boston Harbor for a story. I hadn't been thinking about family history in making this piece, but there it was!

- Marilu Swett